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The Pink Panther (1963)




Critic Consensus: Peter Sellers is at his virtuosically bumbling best in The Pink Panther, a sophisticated caper blessed with an unforgettably slinky score by Henry Mancini.

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In the first in a series of detective comedies from director Blake Edwards starring Peter Sellers as bumbling French Inspector Jacques Clouseau, the mishap-prone snoop is actually a supporting player. David Niven stars as Sir Charles Litton, a suave jewel thief known as "The Phantom." Vacationing in a deluxe Alpine resort, Litton's real purpose is to purloin the Pink Panther, a gem of enormous worth owned by a princess (Claudia Cardinale). On his trail for years, Inspector Clouseau keeps losing his quarry, perhaps because his wife Simone (Capucine) is Litton's lover and alerts him every time her husband draws near. Also after the Panther is Litton's American nephew, George (Robert Wagner). At a posh costume ball at the princess' villa, the bauble is stolen and Clouseau, still trying to determine the bandit's identity, is framed for the crime himself. The Pink Panther made Sellers and his Clouseau act so popular that the character moved to center stage in a series of farcical sequels.

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Peter Sellers
as Insp. Clouseau
David Niven
as Sir Charles Lytton
as Simone Clouseau
Claudia Cardinale
as Princess Dahla
Robert Wagner
as George Lytton
Brenda De Banzie
as Angela Dunning
Fran Jeffries
as Greek `Cousin'
John Le Mesurier
as Defense Attorney
Michael Trubshawe
as The Novelist
Riccardo Billi
as Greek Shipowner
Meri Welles
as Hollywood Starlet
Martin Miller
as Photographer
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Critic Reviews for The Pink Panther

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (3)

Peter Sellers' gifts for slapstick have not often been so well used (too often he is exploited as a mimic instead of as a comedian).

March 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Alexander Fisher's sound is good. Fernando Carrere's art direction and set decoration by Reginald Allen, Jack Stevens and Arrigo Breschi provide visual elegance to enhance the gags.

March 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Sellers is at the top of his game.

May 4, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Despite the game efforts of a top cast, director Blake Edwards noticed that Sellers and his fumbling character were the true stars of the film.

November 7, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Overlong but never boring, culminating in a spectacularly silly masquerade ball full of playful mixups and misdirection and chaos.

August 26, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

'The Pink Panther', the first comedy in the popular Blake Edwards franchise about Inspector Clouseau, gives me a pleasant time in which at some moments I cry with laughter at the crazy farce it shows. [Full review in Spanish]

August 8, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Pink Panther


Inspector Clouseau may not be the main character, but Peter Sellers steals the show in this a delightful comedy that boasts Henry Mancini's classic theme and some very funny moments (many of them improvised), even if its sense of humor may feel a bit dated sometimes.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Altho this film made Sellers a star, he is merely one character in Edwards' ensemble piece homage (one of many he made) to older films. Witness the rethought Marx Brothers mirror dance. And Capucine is easily as funny as Sellers and really is Ginger Rogers to his Astaire comically speaking. Its a tad dated now, yes, but still a smile worthy piece with the charm of its stars performing Edwards' choreography of sight gags.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I'm not a big fan of Sellers, and his inspector Clouseau character is really annoying and I didn't find him very funny, not that Martin's Clouseau is any better in the remake, he's worse actually. Still, the story and the rest of the cast is pretty good, so I'd say this movie is okay.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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